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Advanced Guitar Program:
Note: The minimum age requirement for students of this program is 16 years.

The Advanced Guitar Program has a main objective of supplying the musician with the skills and creative confidence to work in a wide variety of playing situations at a semi-professional level. An extensive coverage of Harmony and Theory, Rhythm Guitar and Ear training, will allow the student to become fully absorbed in the art. The program is taught in 3 stages each consisting of ten study units. Each stage takes the musician through more and more complex situations. The intermediate to advanced musician with a desire to improve musicianship and playing skills will become well rounded in all important areas. The in-depth curriculum combined with our successful and professional environment is what makes this program so successful. All 3 stages must be taken to complete the Advanced Guitar Program. A required number of live performance credits are also necessary to receive a certificate of completion.

Stage One

Scales and Technique
A study of fingerboard geometry and control of scale patterns, arpeggios and intervals. Major, Minor and Blues scale patterns are covered.
Fingerboard Harmony
A study of guitar chord voicings, their relation to familiar fingerboard shapes and their practical use in progressions.
Music Reading One
Teaches recognition of notation symbols, rhythmic notation and develops the ability to comprehend in phrases
Harmony & Theory One
Provides a firm understanding of scales, notation, chord construction, and basic harmony.
Improvisation One
The techniques used in all styles of improvisation are covered. Application of Stage One scales and arpeggios as well as various approaches to soloing are studied
 

Stage Two

Scales and Technique Two
The Major Scale Modes and Harmonic Minor as well as Dom. 7, 1/2 Dim., Augmented and Dim. 7 arpeggios will be covered.
Fingerboard Harmony Two
Develops the chords from stage one and focuses on chart reading, building feel and timing with standard rhythmic patterns, simple voice leading and the study of modern progressions.
Music Reading Two
Stage two reading material adds more tonal range and notation symbols to the information studied in stage one.
Harmony & Theory Two
Builds on the material from stage one by adding theories regarding modal interchange, modulation and secondary dominants.
Improvisation Two
Continues the development of the many styles of improvisation used in modern progressions. Applying the modes and playing over the chord changes as well as focusing on stage two scales and arpeggios will be studied.
 

Stage Three

Scales and Technique Three
The Melodic minor scale and its important modes along with diminished, chromatic and whole tone scales are studied.
Rhythm Guitar
Focuses on advanced rhythmic patterns, application of chord voicings and comping approaches. Styles, rhythm section arranging and performance methods in Latin, BeBop, Funk, Rock and contemporary music.
Music Reading Three
Third stage adds more tonal range and notation symbols to the information studied in music reading two.
Harmony & Theory Three
Covers arranging and composition, flat five substitution and the application of all theory principles including composing and arranging lead sheets.
Improvisation Three
Studies the approaches of contemporary styles with an emphasis on polished melodic content in jazz improvisation. Course covers rapid chord and key changes, scalar/chordal relationships and creative phrasing techniques.
Ear Training
Recognize intervalic sounds and their relationship to the fingerboard. Comprehend melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements.

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